Co-PLAN works in the field of participatory habitat management/development, aiming both: sustainable developments and civil society strengthening; by providing on demand basis capacity building and assistance to communities, local (and central) governments; national and international organizations, etc.
Further, Co-PLAN intents to enhance environmental, social and economic conditions in the Albanian (Balkans and other developing/transitional economies) living centers; promoting local resources mobilization and civic initiative encouragement. Co -PLAN undertakes project preparation and implementation, carries out policy and sector studies, supports institution -building activities and organizes several events that mobilize public opinion; disseminate knowledge and innovative approaches on habitat development, urban and environmental planning and /or management, and institutional/organizational development.
C o-PLAN, Institute for Habitat Development developed from a small support organization for community-based (housing and infrastructure) neighborhood development, into a reputable professional non-governmental institute working on a range of activities, such as:
- Neighborhood and municipal planning;
- Urban and environmental management;
- Participatory governance and decentralization;
- Organizational development training and advisory services.
Co-PLAN originates since 1995, and is registered by the Court of Tirana in 1997. This was reconfirmed again in 2002 according to the new law for NPOs (non-for-profit organizations) in Albania. Co - PLAN gathers almost 20 professionals from different disciplines